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Apr 07 2012

“Days Work”

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At the edge of the marketplace two old men look through the garbage for their daily bread, a child roams in search for tenderness, a dark-skinned mother widowed early of her love waits in silent queue at the factory door. (Corpi 1614)

This quote comes from Corpi’s poem “Days Work”, which described the idea between nature and death. In the quote it describes how the men lived off the environment in order to get their food and how the children roamed the streets looking for affection. It can relate to the stereotypes of Latinos facing hardships in their lives, for instance, the old men being homeless and living off the streets and the child roaming the streets looking for his/her family, maybe being an orphan. It also describes the “dark skinned mother” being widowed at an early age showing how many women had lost their husbands at an early age and maybe can be seen as a stereotype that Latino women were single mothers and basically didn’t have husbands either because of death or divorce. It is describing how the woman waits in line at the “queue” which is referred to as a line of people waiting at the factory door looking for jobs and how many Latino people would work in factories performing hard work for cheap labor in order to survive.

 

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Apr 07 2012

Stereotypes: The Influence Through Media

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The above video showed clips from movies that are associated with stereotypes directed towards the Latino community. Many of the stereotypes in the video can be considered blunt and violent acts towards the Latino community leaving the Latino people feeling as if they don’t belong, feeling as if they are outsiders in society. One movie that the video referenced was “Maid in Manhattan”, where actress Jennifer Lopez plays the role of the “maid” and at one point the women the maid works for asks her opinion and her friend automatically assumes that she doesn’t speak English, which is a common stereotype among Latinos. In the video it showed how students dressed as landscapers with name tags that said “Pedro”, which is stereotypical towards Latino people having landscape jobs. There was also another video clip from a movie which showed the scene where a Latino man came to change the locks on the door of a white family household and the wife makes a comment saying she wants to locks changed because she associated the Latino lock smith to be a “gang” member, due to him having a shaved head and tattoos. The video also showed the stereotype of Latinos coming from broken households and living in poverty, dropping out of school and being a part of gangs. The idea that all Latino people are from Mexico is a popular stereotype that is shown throughout the video as well. In the end of the video a group of white students in a college university dressed as gardeners, janitors, and pregnant teens basically demonstrating the stereotypes that they associate with Latino people and this has a negative impact on society because not all Latino people fall under these stereotypes that people label them with, creating prejudice towards this group of people and hurting their reputation in society.

 

 

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Apr 02 2012

Stereotypes: The Cultural Influence

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Culture forms our beliefs. Culture is made by those in power-men. Males make the rules and laws; women transmit them. The culture expects women to show greater acceptance of, and commitment to, the value system than men.(1502)

I believe this quote basically sums up the fact that our everyday culture is what creates such stereotypical ideas that are surrounding us. It states how culture is what makes people follow such beliefs that we are exposed to as a whole. It creates the idea that men are the product of having all the power controlling the women they are around. These women are then suppose to continue to follow what the males in their lives tell them to do and pass these “rules” and “laws” that they are taught to others that they encounter. The quote also explains how our culture is suppose to mold the women in society to follow the ideas of men leaving women at a lower rank in society having less “freedom of speech”. The quote is basically showing the stereotype of how women conform to laws and ideas more easily and is easily influenced by men having the power.

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Apr 02 2012

“The Strength of My Rebellion”

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Even as a child I would not obey. I was “lazy.” Instead of ironing my younger brothers’ shirts or cleaning the cupboards, I would pass many hours studying, reading, painting, writing. (1501-1502)

I found these lines to stand out while reading this piece because I feel it connects to the topic of stereotypes. This piece did talk about finding ones identity yet I felt it has a lot to do with the idea of stereotypes in some way. It has that idea that children are lazy and wont do their chores but I felt this had a deeper connection adding the stereotype of being “lazy” to not having any type of knowledge or “education”. This quote shows how the child in this family wouldn’t want to do chores of “ironing” yet the child would pass time “studying, reading, painting, or writing.” This shows how this child is not “lazy” being they are educating themselves by studying, reading, and writing because these are activities that will eventually strengthen the mind. This child was classified as being “lazy” whereas in reality the child is educating oneself.

 

 

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Mar 31 2012

Stereotypes: Assumptions Towards The Latino/a Race

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A stereotype gives assumptions about different races and genders, which can later affect the lives of children somewhere down the line. Stereotypes are associated with prejudice and discrimination, many stereotypes can be misleading having a huge impact on the lives of those that are surrounded by these ideas. Throughout the semester we have read many different pieces of literature that can be related to the idea of stereotypes. We have read different readings that deal with stereotypes of Spanish women to Spanish and white friends mingling to stereotypes directed towards students that are placed in ESL classes. For instance, in Nilda we see the idea of stereotypes towards Latina women, where the mother preaches to her daughter to be a good woman staying in school and getting an education and not getting pregnant like her mother had done; her mother states how she has wasted her life by having babies with so many different men and she doesn’t want her daughter Nilda to suffer the way her mother has in the past. We also see the stereotype of prejudice and discrimination in the reading “The Wrong Lunch Line” when the Hispanic girl and Jewish girl have a friendship but are forced to sit in separate sections at lunchtime in their school.

Throughout the semester the one group that I would like to relate to experiencing stereotypes are the students that are placed in ESL classes. For instance, the film “Immersion” that was on the class blog that we viewed gives a good example of the discrimination that ESL students face within the schools. It portrays how ESL students are seen as being excluded from the rest of the students because they are not familiar with the English language, therefore following the stereotype of being slower learners then those students that are English speakers. This video can be seen as supporting the argument that even though a student is placed in an ESL program, this does not necessarily mean that the student is not intelligent. In the video “Immersion” the young boy in the film is placed in a ESL class and is not able to understand the English language, yet he is one of the brilliant students in the class being able to problem solve through different techniques that does not involve speaking English.

 

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Mar 26 2012

“Nanny Spanish” or “Star Spanglish Banner?”

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After watching the two video clips from “Nanny Spanish” and “Star Spanglish Banner” it shows how ignorant the United States is towards the Latino/a society. In the video “Nanny Spanish” first off the stereotype that all nanny’s tend to be Spanish is portrayed and that white American mothers are the ones that hire these nannies being that is all that is seen in the video. I found it to be a humorous way to show how Americans are ignorant of the Latino/a background as well because in this video these women are in a class to learn the Spanish terms that they need to communicate with their “Spanish” nannies and it then turns into a class of learning vulgar phrases to direct towards the Latino/a nanny, which shows how America is ignorant and how these American women are seen as talking down upon the Spanish nanny because she doesn’t understand the English language. I found it to be humorous how the teacher teaches these women the wrong phrases to get back at them for wanting to bad mouth the Spanish culture and treat them as if they are lower just because they feel they have power over the nanny being she doesn’t speak English. I don’t feel that this idea was effective because the teacher was the only one who knew what was going on and these American women weren’t interested in learning the language so in the end it just made the American ladies look like fools because they were being taught the wrong terms in order to make them look stupid in the end.

On the other hand, the video “Star Spanglish Banner” I believe to have made more of an impact on people and is more effective because it takes a part the “Star Spangled Banner” and creates it to fit their own interpretation by changing the words to make the United States look like fools. In this video it shows how the Spanish come to America and how the idea of assimilation plays a role in the coming to America. It shows how they crossed the border and how they want their Spanish ways of life to be recognized just like our American ways of life are recognized and honored. For instance, they show the American flag being ripped and they hold rallies, which shows they want to have the power and be honored like Americans are in the United States and how they do not want to be looked down upon. It also refers to the people of the US as gringo’s which is showing how they don’t think very highly of US society and how they stated that they “crossed the border while the gringos were sleeping” meaning that the United States can be made a fool of because these people came over and the people of the US didn’t even realize it, showing ignorance.

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Mar 21 2012

The Destruction of Two Illusions

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Stereotypes from within are no less dangerous than those from without; if anything, we lend them more credence, and propagate the illusion under the banner of “The Inside Truth.” Saddest of all we finally begin to believe them ourselves. (Tafolla 1422)

This quote is trying to show how stereotypes exist both within a culture and exist outside a culture as well. This means that people that are not a part of the culture create stereotypes about a certain culture, whereas people within a certain culture have their own stereotypes about themselves.  There are two types of illusions that exist: internal and external. The external is a stereotype that originates from outside the ethnic group and the internal originates from within the ethnic group or culture. The quote is basically saying how those “internal illusions” about the culture are seen as being equally acknowledged by those that the stereotype is being directed towards. The key word “credence” in this case shows how due to these illusions the Chicano/a people eventually come to believe what is said about their culture through these internal/external illusions brought out by not only others outside their culture but brought out by those within the same culture and ethnic group. These stereotypes have been named as “The Inside Truth” making these people of this culture believe that these stereotypes, illusions, and assumptions about their ethnic group is actually true when in reality people create these not knowing that not every person in an ethnic group falls under the category of these stereotyped illusions.

 

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Mar 20 2012

“Nuyorican Poets”

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The experience of Puerto Ricans on the streets has caused a new language to grow: Nuyorican. Nuyoricans are a special experience in the immigration history of the city of New York. We come to the city as citizens and can retain the use of Spanish and include English….The interchange between both yields new verbal possibilities, new images to deal with the stresses of living on tar and cement. (Algarin 1345)

This quote explains the significance of the creation of the term “Nuyorican”. The term refers to the Puerto Ricans that come and migrate to New York City bringing many of their own ideas with them.  The Nuyorican Poets Café has brought much attention upon this group of people making them stand out in society. These people are seen as a “special experience” in the immigration history by bringing about their ways of culture to New York City. This group of people brings about a new culture to follow and shows how these Puerto Rican people assimilate into the American culture due to the way that they “retain the use of Spanish and include English” which shows that they are not ignorant of the English language spoken in New York. The migration of these Puerto Rican people to the city of New York brings about a new lifestyle and influences the creation of new language and opens up a new outlook on life and the way in which other cultures live their lives. The café has made a significant impact on the lives of these people by allowing them to be recognized through this hot spot and by allowing people to appreciate the ideas of the Nuyorican poets.

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Mar 18 2012

“Diaspora”

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The shop in Havana is dust

And the Irish cotton is dust

And my father, a dusty Jew

Day after day, each day comes home with a loaf of bred beneath his arm

Day after day, each day alike…. (Kozer 1242)

The term “diaspora” refers to the movement or migration of people scattering away from their homeland. In this poem the speaker talks about the Jewish people being spread around the world and in particular this family living in Havana, Cuba. The speakers father seems to own a shop in Havana and he refers to the shop as dust and he refers to his father as “a dusty Jew”. The speaker talks about how his lifestyle is quite dull living in the home and how each day seems to be the same repetitive routine.  The speaker refers to his life as being dull and boring living in the house, for instance, he states “day after day, each day alike”, this quote shows how the speaker’s life is dull and boring with no excitement to fill the hours of his day because he already expects to know what will happen because he is so use to the routine that his family follows and always expects his father to come home from his shop and expects his mother to do the same chores around the house.

No flower to ever be seen in any bedroom.

All the shops in Havana have closed,

The workers, in a noisy fever, file through the streets… (Kozer 1242)

This quote gives the reader the idea that the speaker’s household is very dull and bland looking on the inside. It compares the idea of what the inside of the household was like to the outside town after the shops close up for the night.  The speaker describes the house as being very plain and simple with little decorations around the rooms. He describes how “all the shops in Havana have closed” which allows us to create a visual of the quiet town and how all the workers are rushing home through the town creating a busy atmosphere with a lot of noise and traffic in the streets. He describes this moment as a “noisy fever” meaning that the surrounding outside is more exciting then what is going on in the dull, boring household that he experiences day in and day out.

 

 

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Mar 17 2012

“Immersion”: Views on ESL

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After viewing the video “Immersion” it made me realize the difficulties that children who do not speak English as their first language face in the classroom setting. I personally did not know much about ESL before our class discussion and was not aware of how unorganized the program was until after viewing this video. I believe that ESL is a good way to allow students who do not speak English to adjust in a classroom setting in order to be able to assimilate and become aware of the English language. I believe that ESL allows the students to seek help in the areas that they need being that they are unable to seek help at home where they do not speak English as a first language. I think that ESL is also a bad idea because it puts pressure on the children in those classes and separates these students from the rest of the students that are not in ESL making it known that these students are different from everyone else. I believe that ESL leads to stereotypes where the students are made fun of because they are in a different class and learn at a slower rate because they are not familiar with the English language.

In the video “Immersion” we see the young boy Moises who comes from a non-English speaking family and has to take his first exam in the US. The video shows how he is not able to understand what is going on in the class because the teacher speaks English at all times. I found it interesting how Moises was able to solve the mathematical problems by putting together what he understood and using a dictionary to try to translate what the teacher was stating in the class. The video also showed how Moises was made fun of and treated with disrespect by the other students because he did not understand the English language. I found it interesting how the teacher tried to help Moises because she recognized his knowledge even though he was unable to explain how he solved the math problems, the teacher is an important figure in the class due to the way in which he/she responds to the students knowledge and progress. This video shows how by placing children in classes where they are unable to understand the language has an impact on the child. For instance, Moises friend skips the test because he over heard the Principal saying how they will fail because they do not understand the language anyway, which is showing how these programs are not efficient and how schools do not put enough effort and time into the classes to help those that are struggling with the work, instead they just ignore it and let the students fail. I believe that this video shows how ESL programs need to be more organized and how teachers should put more time and effort into the students that are struggling like Moises struggled. The video shows how just because a student is placed in ESL classes doesn’t mean the student is not capable of doing grade-level work, in this case Moises was one of the students that was unable to read and understand the language and yet he was one of the intelligent students in the class. I feel that teachers need to be more involved in their students lives like Moises teacher was because this shows how his teacher tried to help him because she was aware of his knowledge and saw he understood the work being taught. This shows how even though Moises was unable to understand the language he still was capable of doing the work through other techniques and this shows how intelligent and serious he was about his education.

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